Michael N. Bergman
Michael N. Bergman is a lawyer with the firm Bergman & Associates principally based in Montréal. He has an in depth knowledge of and experience with minority language issues, particularly as they relate to Québec from both a legal and community perspective. There are many achievements and accomplishments in Mr. Bergman's career that are too numerous to list here but some highlights include Mr. Bergman's litigation of a number of important issues before all levels of courts in Québec and Ontario on such topics as civil liberties and governmental conduct. In addition, Mr. Bergman has also written opinion editorials on such topical issues of law as federalism, the 1995 Referendum spoiled ballot issue and legislation. Finally, Mr. Bergman is a member and has sat on a number of important committees such as the McGill University Faculty of Law on General Pinochet, extradition and international commercial justice.
Guy Matte holds a Masters degree in Education (psycho-education) from the University of Ottawa. He started his career teaching in French language schools in Ottawa. While working in the education field, he played an active role within the Association des enseignantes et enseignants franco-ontariens (AEFO) of which he became vice-president in 1983. After teaching at the Laurentian University École des sciences de l'éducation, he was elected president of the Fédération des enseignantes et enseignants de l'Ontario (FEO).
Bonnie Morton received her Bachelor of Human Justice from the Uniersity of Regina. She is an experienced anti-poverty advocate with the Regina Anti-Poverty Ministry and Chair of both the Charter Committee on Poverty Issues and the National Anti-Poverty Organization. She has also held the following positions with the Court Challenges Program of Canada: Chairperson of the Equality Advisory Committee, member of the Poverty Issues Subcommittee and member of the Lawyers-Community working group.
Ken Norman is a part-time professor with the College of Law, University of Saskatchewan. Professor Norman joined the faculty in 1968. Professor Norman serves as a part-time member of the Federal Public Service Staff Relations Board and of the Yukon Public Service Staff Relations Board. Professor Norman is an editor of The Canadian Human Rights Digest and is on the board of The Canadian Human Rights Reporter. Professor Norman is a member of Council, International Commission of Jurists (Canadian Section) and serves as webmaster of the ICJ web site.
Professor Norman has served as Co-Chairperson of the Equality Rights Panel, Court Challenges Program. Professor Norman was Chief Commissioner, Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission. Professor Norman has also served as counsel to the Saskatchewan Ombudsman, the Canadian Indian Claims Commission, and the Saskatoon Legal Assistance Clinic.
Professor Norman has authored several commissioned studies for federal, provincial and municipal governments. His publications include chapters in Beaudoin and Mendes, The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, (1996); Beaudoin, Your Clients and The Charter: Liberty and Equality (1988) and in Mahoney and Martin, Equality and Judicial Neutrality (1987). Professor Norman's most recent publication is in the National Journal of Constitutional Law (2001). It is entitled "Taking Human Rights Lightly: The Canadian Approach".
Robert Saint-Louis (Québec) - lawyer and consultant on unemployment and disabilities issues. Me. Saint-Louis also taught law classes at the Université de Québec à Montréal and was responsible for l'UQAM's legal clinic.
A member of the Language Rights Panel of the Court Challenges Program, Kathleen is a Montreal lawyer in private practice since 1982 whose area of specialization is Labour and Employment Law. She has also been a member of the Ontario Bar since 1987. She is a former High School English teacher with the Quebec and Montreal Catholic School Commissions. Volunteer work has included teaching drama programs at St. Vincent-de-Paul Penitentiary, Laval, Quebec, serving as a volunteer translator for the Quebec Paraplegic Association and involvement in a number of community organization.
Professor Rodgers is former Dean of the University of Ottawa Faculty of Law where she currently teaches a course in medical-legal problems. She is an expert in Canadian health law, more particularly in women's health. She has numerous publications in the health law area and has served as a consultant to the Royal Commission on New Reproductive Technologies, the Krever Inquiry into Confidentiality of Health and Related Information and the Federal/Provincial/Territorial Health Care Liability Review, among others. She was a consultant to the Federal Law Reform Commission on the Status of the Fetus and served as a Commissioner of the Ontario Law Reform Commission.